This past week brought with it an unexpected surprise: my story examining the impact of drone strikes on civilians in Pakistan was recognized at the 2013 International Media Excellence Awards, which is run by the Association for International Broadcasting.
The winners of the 2013 AIBs were announced this week by the Association for International Broadcasting at a gala dinner at LSO St Luke’s in London. The awards are in their ninth year and celebrate the best in engaging, powerful, moving and innovative reporting.
My piece was shortlisted in the category of short features - competing against stories submitted by CNN, Bloomberg and Voice of America, among others. While CNN took the prize for its "Damascus Undercover: Daraya," my story received a 'highly commended' accolade. It was described as, "upsetting, yet honest and direct."
It was a pleasure to be recognized. My only regret was that my excellent cameraman from Pakistan - Belal Tariq - could not be present with me.